Massimo Luciani

Hatzegopteryx thambema reconstruction (Image Mark Witton)

An article published in the journal “PeerJ” describes a research on a giant pterosaur that lived in today’s Transylvania in the last part of the Cretaceous period. Called Hatzegopteryx thambema, according to Dr Mark Witton, from the University of Portsmouth and Dr Darren Naish from University of Southampton, who examined its fossilized remains, it was likely the dominant predator in its environment.

Border Princes by Dan Abnett

The novel “Border Princes” by Dan Abnett was published for the first time in 2007.

Torchwood team is busy looking for the Amok, an alien artifact that can heavily influence the minds of human beings. They need to get it to safety as soon as possible because in Cardiff streets chaos is breaking out among the people in a state of confusion.

Captain Jack Harkness is concerned about a possible connection between the Amok and an alarm given to Torchwood 108 years earlier and must solve the problem. He too, Gwen, Owen, Tosh, Ianto and James suffer from the Amok’s influence and this makes the situation more complex. What does a strange diner at a Cardiff restaurant have to do with that?

Quinoa plants

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the DNA sequencing of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa). A team of researchers led by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia made a genetic mapping of this plant highly regarded for its high nutritional content. The knowledge obtained is already used by farmers to improve its varieties and could allow to expand its cultivation.

The Whole Man aka Telepathist by John Brunner (Italian edition)

The novel “The Whole Man”, also known as “Telepathist”, by John Brunner was published for the first time in 1964 restructuring three novellas published in previous years.

Gerald Howson was born in very unfortunate circumstances: his father was a terrorist who died before his birth and the baby shows various physical deformities. His mother has little interest in him so while he’s growing he has to learn quickly to fend for himself. For the young Gerald things change when he realizes he has telepathic abilities.

Telepaths are rare and their work is important in the course of diplomatic activities needed to resolve crises that may break out around the world. Gerald Howson has learned to trust no one but when his telepathic emissions are picked up by others like him he’s forced to choose between living in secret and try to change his live.

Saccorhytus coronariusm reconstruction (Image courtesy Jian Han)

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the identification of what is considered humans’ oldest known ancestor. Called Saccorhytus coronariusm, 45 specimens were discovered during excavations carried out in today’s Shaanxi Province, China. This animal had a length around a millimeter, lived 540 million years ago and is the ancestor of deuterostomes, which include vertebrates, echinoderms and other animals.